Post by imperialbirders on Feb 21, 2020 17:05:47 GMT -8
Hi It is always fascinating to see uncommon and rare birds visiting Hawaii such as the Snow Goose (seen by us in Waikoloa in 2018). This year we noticed a lone gull in the Kings Pond (freshwater pond) at Waikoloa Beach. We were able to identify it as a lone Bonaparte Gull. Gulls sightings are rare in Hawaii as they lack the salt glands used by marine birds to desalinate seawater and require a supply of freshwater. Some gulls do occasionally reach Hawaii but most are immature birds that have stumbled upon this most remote island chain or been blown in with a storm.